From Blogs to Tweets: Wise Use of Social Media in Your Worshiping Community
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presentation at the Calvin Symposium on Worship 2010. For more, go to http://bit.ly/wsymp10c2 .

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From Blogs to Tweets: Wise Use of Social Media in Your Worshiping Community Presentation Transcript

  • 1. From Blogs to Tweets Wise Use of Social Media in Your Worshiping Community Calvin Symposium on Worship 2010 Session C2 Nathan Bierma www.nbierma.com @nbierma
  • 2. What’s a blog? What’s a tweet? • Blog: mini website (article = post) • Twitter: mini blog (post = tweet)
  • 3. How big are social media? source: techcrunch.com
  • 4. It’s just for young’ins, right? January 2009 January 2010 source: istrategylabs.com
  • 5. It’s just for young’ins, right? source: quantcast.com
  • 6. Pope’s orders: Thou shalt tweet “The spread of multimedia communications and its rich ‘menu of options’ might make us think it sufficient simply to be present on the Web, or to see it only as a space to be filled. Yet priests can rightly be expected to be present in the world of digital communications as faithful witnesses to the Gospel, exercising their proper role as leaders of communities which increasingly express themselves with the different ‘voices’ provided by the digital marketplace. Priests are thus challenged to proclaim the Gospel by employing the latest generation of audiovisual resources (images, videos, animated features, blogs, websites) which, alongside traditional means, can open up broad new vistas for dialogue, evangelization and catechesis.” - Pope Benedict XVI, statement on January 24, 2010
  • 7. How do we get started? • facebook.com and twitter.com • ehow.com • basicwebsit.es • The Networked Congregation report • friends, family, colleagues
  • 8. Dangers? • ambiguity of privacy • superficiality vs authenticity • spontaneity vs reflection • self-expression vs. listening • technology gap • …?
  • 9. Opportunities? • staying connected • sharing resources • sustained reflection • giving introverts their say • …?
  • 10. Examples begin